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Pennsylvania doctor dies from apparent medical malpractice

In order to become a physician, individuals need to go through considerable schooling, participate in clinical rotations and work as residents. At the end of that long journey, the state of Pennsylvania says that an individual has proven him- or herself as being capable of practicing medicine. Once doctors have reached that point, we pour our trust in them and rely on them to improve our health. Unfortunately, sometimes they are negligent and the patient pays the price.

For a young doctor, two weeks after her graduation from a Scranton medical school, her life and her medical career were cut short after her doctors and the hospital failed to diagnose a blood clot. Although the clot could have been corrected when she first went to the hospital, they waited two days to order commonplace tests that would have shown the clot. That delay appears to have cost the woman her life.

The 26-year-old doctor went to the hospital at which she was meant to start her residency in pediatrics complaining of headaches for the previous 10 days but, because it was the Memorial Day weekend, a considerable number of hospital staff were off. Tragically, they waited to order imaging of her head and brain and failed to speak with a neurologist. Her situation eventually deteriorate and she was placed on life support. After realizing she would not recover, her life support was removed.

Her parents have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of their daughter, a woman who could have had a long career in medicine.

Source: Times Leader, "Malpractice suit filed in young doctor's death" Jerry Lynott, Jan. 8, 2014

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